sign off

signed off; signing off; signs off

Definition of sign off

intransitive verb

1 : to announce the end of something (such as a message or broadcast)
2 : to approve or acknowledge something by or as if by a signature sign off on a memo

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Other Words from sign off

sign-off \ ˈsī-​ˌnȯf How to pronounce sign-off (audio) \ noun

Examples of sign off in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The unprecedented boom didn’t last long, as companies began to realize the difficulty of doing business in Cuba, where a centralized bureaucracy must sign off on all foreign investment, and American business is particularly sensitive. Washington Post, "US business sees dwindling prospects in Cuba," 6 Nov. 2019 Among the possibilities: creating a clearinghouse that would sign off on marketing opportunities. New York Times, "N.C.A.A. Considers Loosening Rules for Athletes Seeking Outside Deals," 29 Oct. 2019 The singer appeared in a Fayetteville, Georgia courthouse this week for a hearing in which the judge swiftly signed off on the divorce. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Monica And Shannon Brown Are Officially Divorced," 23 Oct. 2019 The wage increases are contractually obligated as part of four-year agreements Evanston signed off on this year with its four employee unions, according to city budget documents. Jennifer Fisher,, "Evanston plans for increased fees, higher property tax levy in proposed budget," 17 Oct. 2019 Bynes joined the Detroit Lions when he was signed off the Ravens' practice squad on Sept. 23, 2014. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Linebacker Josh Bynes returns to NFL," 2 Oct. 2019 Ultimately, school officials have to sign off on whether a student receives any kind of accommodation, such as extra time on tests or using alternative methods like taking an assessment digitally rather than manually. Dallas News, "Does better access to disability accommodations give wealthy schools' kids an edge getting into college?," 9 Aug. 2019 The board also has to sign off on how the Puerto Rican government spends its tax dollars, and has promoted the kind of austerity measures protesters are complaining about. Ana Campoy, Quartz, "What’s next for Puerto Rico?," 25 July 2019 City attorneys and Ricardo Cedillo, the lawyer representing a dozen businesses and groups challenging the law, will ask the judge to sign off on an agreement to postpone the policy until Dec. 1. Dylan Mcguinness,, "Judge to hear arguments over delaying San Antonio’s paid sick leave ordinance," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of sign off

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of sign off was in 1923

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